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South Africa renews bid to accelerate digital migration process 

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 The South African government on Friday announced steps to join fellow African nations which have migrated to broadcast digital terrestrial television, despite missing the June 2015 target. "The mere fact that 11 years since Cabinet has approved this project, and we are still this far behind... 

Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 South Africa’s digital broadcast migration project has been delayed once again. 

Releasing spectrum will lower data costs – MTN

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 MTN officials have told Parliament that the release of available spectrum would, in theory, lower data costs. South Africa has yet to migrate to digital broadcasts, a key requirement for opening up radio spectrum for faster and more widespread mobile internet services. 

Treasury tight-lipped over set-top box probe

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 National Treasury is keeping mum over claims that it has recommended the suspension of South Africa’s controversial set-top box production. Set-top boxes (STBs) decode digital signals for analogue television sets and government plans on subsidising five million poorer households as part of a... 

Court saga puts set-top box production on ice

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 Another delay has hit South Africa’s digital broadcast migration project as the agency behind the rollout of set-top boxes has temporarily halted production of these devices. Set-top boxes decode digital signals for analogue television sets and government plans to distribute these devices to... 

Parliament grills Muthambi over 'slow' digital migration

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was chastised during a portfolio committee meeting on Thursday about the delays in government’s rollout of digital migration. “Your management of this process is found wanting,” said Mmamaloko Kubayi, ANC MP and chairperson of the portfolio committee on... 

R950m Springs Mall construction progressing ahead of March 2017 opening

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th August 2016 Construction of the R950-million Springs Mall at the Blue Crane Eco Park development, in Gauteng is well under way, with the 48 000 m² regional shopping centre on schedule and within budget to open in March 2017, says main contractors Giuricich Bros Group. The mall is a joint venture between the... 

Cwele: SOE cost-cutting plan under way

By: News24Wire      10th May 2016 The department of telecommunications and postal services has started to accelerate the rationalisation of state-owned entities (SOEs) to save money. Minster Siyabonga Cwele on Tuesday said that the programme to rationalise SOEs was under way to limit the duplication of work among various... 

Post Office strike going ahead, says union 

By: News24Wire      4th May 2016 Postal services in South Africa risk being disrupted later this week as a union says nationwide strike action is going ahead. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) last week threatened to strike on May 5-6 to demand higher annual pay rises for South African Post Office (Sapo) staff. CWU is also... 

Post Office nears raising R2.7bn in capital 

By: News24Wire      28th April 2016 The embattled South African Post Office (Sapo) is near to raising R2.7-billion in capital from the likes of banks, says chief executive officer Mark Barnes. Sapo has suffered years of maladministration with the state-owned entity recording a R1.5-billion loss in 2015. A months-long 2014 strike... 

SA Post Office to reach profitability in 2018 – CEO 

By: African News Agency      15th April 2016 The South African Post Office (SAPO) could only hope to be profitable in two years’ time, Mark Barnes, CEO of the cash-strapped entity told MPs on Friday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services on the SAPO it annual performance and strategic plan,... 

Parliament questions Post Office chair's commitment

By: News24Wire      9th March 2016 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has questioned the commitment of the South African Post Office (Sapo) chair after he failed to appear at a key hearing. Sapo chairperson Dr Simosezwe Lushaba failed to appear before the committee on Tuesday after the Post Office posted a... 

No ‘lead agent’ yet for SA Connect, says govt

By: News24Wire      12th February 2016 Government says it hasn’t yet selected the “lead agent” for its R740-million municipal broadband project, despite indications that Telkom could win the deal. At the 2015 State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Jacob Zuma said government had “decided to designate Telkom as the lead agency to... 

New CEO eyes profitable Post Office

By: News24Wire      20th November 2015 Possibilities exist for the beleaguered South African Post Office (Sapo) to be profitable again, said the state-owned unit’s new chief executive officer. On Thursday, Cabinet approved the appointment of Mark Barnes as the Group CEO of the South African Post Office (Sapo). Barnes’ five-year term... 

Post Office, suspended CEO part ways

By: African News Agency      8th September 2015 The South African Post Office (SAPO) has terminated the contract of its suspended CEO Christopher Hlekane, it announced on Tuesday. SAPO said Hlekane’s termination would be effective from September 1. 

NCC, Icasa to expedite ICT consumer complaints

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th July 2015 The National Consumer Commission (NCC) and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Friday revealed a cooperative working agreement that could expedite the resolution of information and communications technology- (ICT-) related consumer complaints. Five years after the... 

MPs to discuss police report on Nkandla spending

By: RDM News Wire      3rd June 2015 A third Parliamentary ad-hoc committee has been established to deal with spending on security at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home – but opposition parties have strongly objected to the terms that it only study the report by the report by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. They argued that the... 

SAA halts SA Post Office's global service

By: News24Wire      1st April 2015 South African Airways (SAA) this week suspended its contract with the South African Post Office (Sapo) due to unpaid bills. Both parties confirmed that SAA ceased carrying mail to and from overseas postal services because of Sapo's failure to pay for the service. 

Universal service obligations regulations need to be revised

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd October 2014 The universal service and access obligations that formed a condition of securing an electronic telecommunications licence in South Africa should be revised to be more proportionate to the size of the licence holder, proponents in the industry argued on Thursday. Telecommunications groups Neotel... 

Fears of propaganda, fragmentation emerge as Communications Department divided

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2014 The division of the Department of Communications (DoC) will not lay a platform for an ideal communications environment nor is it a positive step forward for the industry, proponents argue as they take aim at the new Ministries of “propaganda”. This week’s announcement by newly re-elected... 

SADC Ministers commit to reduce cross-border communications cost

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2014 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries this week agreed to seek private-sector cooperation to reduce the cost of communicating across the borders within the region. This followed a meeting between SADC Communications Ministers in Johannesburg this week to discuss postal services,... 

DoC extends ICT Green Paper comment period, sets public hearings date

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2014 The Department of Communications has extended, by a month, the period of public comment for the recently published National Integrated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy Green Paper and has set a date for the public hearings. Interested stakeholders now have until March 24 to... 

ICT Policy Green Paper out for public comment

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th January 2014 A Green Paper aimed at revamping South Africa’s current misaligned national information and communications technology (ICT) policies has been published for public comment. The 102-page, 12-chapter National Integrated ICT Policy Green Paper deals with the need to amend and integrate policies and... 

ICT policy Green Paper to be gazetted in December

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th November 2013 A Green Paper for South Africa’s national integrated information and communications technology (ICT) policy would be gazetted for public comment in early December, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications this week. “The national... 


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